This is a very nice WWII German Fallschirmjager quick release life vest that is in excellent condition. It is constructed of a yellowish tan cotton material with the buoyant filling sewn in vertical rows around the two front panels and on the rear panel. There are 3 tan canvas, tape type closure straps at the front that are tied to keep the vest tight about the body and equipment. These straps can easily be pulled out of a shoelace type knot for quick release when the vest needed to be dropped. Sewn into the left side panel is a cloth manufacturer’s label that reads, “194 KARL HEISLER – BERLIN C2 Magazin Str. 14” and with the control number “Gr. 9032”. There is a direction and size label sewn into the neck area that is completely washed out. Machine sewn at the top of this label is a small, printed cloth label with the name of original owner, “Wolfgang Tätzsch”. This type of life vest was used extensively by the Fallschirmjägers during the invasion of Crete in 1941 and can be seen in contemporary photos of that period. The vest remains in excellent, field used condition and is without rips, tears, or repairs. A very scarce piece of Fallschirmjager field gear that displays beautifully on a mannequin over the jump smock.
NOTE: This sale is for the life vest ONLY. The jump smock is offered on this site as a separate sale.